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June 2018

Because Blackness Like Poetry Means Many Things: Celebrating Cave Canem

June 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater,
5941 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States
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Celebrate Cave Canem with exceptional readings by Cave Canem fellows Samiya Bashir, Eisa Davis, Ruth Ellen Kocher, and avery r. young. This celebration's theme, “Blackness like poetry means many things,” draws from Terrance Hayes’s 2016 speech at the National Book Awards, when Cave Canem won the Literarian Award. Bashir is the author of three poetry collections, most recently "Field Theories" (Nightboat Books, 2017), of which Major Jackson notes, "each poem makes a spectacular event of artful speech that dances on the ridgeline of this brilliant poets’ history, heart, and intellect."...

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August 2018
Free

Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum

August 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Museum, The Americas Galleries,
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Enjoy a night of poetry with Cave Canem friend and fellows! Poets Rico Frederick, Erica Mapp and Camille Rankine read in celebration of the work and artistry of Caribbean communities. This program is co-presented as part of the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays event series. Free and open to the public.

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Cave Canem at Bryant Park

August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bryant Park Reading Room,
Between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues
New York, NY United States
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Join Cave Canem poets for an evening of poetry in Bryant Park with Christian Campbell, Myronn Hardy, Dawn Lundy Martin and Michelle Whittaker. Free and open to the public. In case of rain, the event is held under a tent at the Reading Room.

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September 2018
Free

Poets on Craft: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram and Jennifer Chang

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, Wollman Hall,
65 West 11th Street
New York, 10011 United States
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Hear two exceptional poets read from and discuss their work in this intimate meeting-of-the-minds, co-presented with Kundiman. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is a Cave Canem fellow and author of Personal Science (Tupelo Press, 2017). Jennifer Chang's Some Say the Lark (Alice James Books, 2017) won the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award, and was long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award. Cave Canem fellow Camonghne Felix moderates. Free and open to the public.

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October 2018
Free

Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Museum, The Americas Galleries,
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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BK Museum Oct. 6

Join us for an evening of poetry and festivity as María Fernanda, Roberto Carlos Garcia and Gabriel Ramirez read work celebrating Latinx Heritage Month and the Brooklyn Museum's new exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983. This presentation is part of the Brooklyn Museum's First Saturdays event series. Free and open to the public. María Fernanda (Chamorro) is a Black Ecuadorian-American poet whose…

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Free

New Works: Tim Seibles, Safiya Sinclair and Jacqueline Allen Trimble

October 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center,
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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October 9 New Works

Enjoy a display of exceptional poetry showcasing new collections by Cave Canem faculty member Tim Seibles, friend Safiya Sinclair and fellow Jacqueline Allen Trimble. Heralded by Martin Espada as "a poet of extraordinary sensitivity," Tim Seibles is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently One Turn Around the Sun (Etruscan Press, 2017). Safiya Sinclair is the author of Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), which Publisher's Weekly calls a “stunning debut collection.” Jacqueline Allen Trimble's debut collection American Happiness was published by NewSouth Books in 2016...

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$10.00

Self-care, Vulnerability and Resilience: Disarming Intersectional Microaggressions with Nicole L. Jackson, Ph.D.

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Thirty years ago, Audre Lorde described the act of self-care as a fundamental tool to combat oppressive forces, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Today, her words echo with a timely refrain in a U.S. political landscape fraught with the promotion of myopic agendas and the devaluation of anyone not White, able-bodied, heterosexual, cisgender, and male. This workshop will focus on the factors that buffer against and dismantle the…

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Free

New Works: Marcus Jackson, Amanda Johnston and Dustin Pearson

October 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Come celebrate the recent publications of new work by three extraordinary Cave Canem poets. Marcus Jackson is the author of Neighborhood Register (CavanKerry Press, 2011) and most recently, Pardon My Heart (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2018), of which Peter Covino feted as "a lyrically complex, beautifully integrated collection." Amanda Johnston's debut Another Way to Say Enter  (Argus House Press, 2017) holds poems that possess "A beautifully crafted, fierce and compelling voice" as said by Cave Canem co-founder Toi Derricotte. Dustin Pearson is the author of Millennial Roost ...

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$10.00

Boarding the Voyage: A Lecture by Robin Coste Lewis

October 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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In this lecture, Robin Coste Lewis will read her lyrical essay, “Boarding the Voyage: The Archive as Altar, Research as Ritual,” which explores how research and literary efforts toward social change can transform from scholarly engagement to acts of communal devotion. More particularly, the reading will focus on how excavations of race, gender, and desire—and the writing those findings engender—can be metaphorical expressions of faith, and a reclamation of lost deities. The cost to attend this lecture is $10. To register, please…

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$10.00

The Race Within Erasure: A Master Class with Robin Coste Lewis

October 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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The valiant practice of poetic erasure has enjoyed more accolades in recent years, but the genre isn't new, nor is it specific to poetry. In fact, erasure can be seen everywhere, in every genre and artistic medium—not just poetry—and certainly not only in the literary arts. In every way—historically, politically, aesthetically—we are constantly erasing and being erased. Entire nations and histories, even categories of identity, come and go in both fluid and violent ways. Indeed, one could argue the entire…

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